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Speeches by Chesterfield - Vol. XXIV, 359-377. 1996-1997
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Title: Speeches by Chesterfield - Vol. XXIV, 359-377. 1996-1997
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Creator: Smith, Chesterfield H., 1917-2003
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Sam Gibbons testimonial
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Honoring William E. Walters
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Nell Bryant Kibler memorial services
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Celebration of chief judge Joseph W. Hatchett's twenty-fifth anniversary on the bench
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Legal services of Greater Miami, Inc. luncheon
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Reflection on lawyers and their duty to their clients and the public
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Florida law network annual meeting
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Constitution revision commission
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for American Bar Association young lawyers division Fall 1997 affiliate
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for presentation of anti-defamation league jurisprudence award to Dan Pearson
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    Remarks of Chesterfield Smith for Memorial services of Colonel William E. Walters
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CHESTERFIELD SMITH
SAM GIBBONS TESTIMONIAL
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 196.
TAMPA, FLORIDA

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
PASSING OF THE GAVEL
MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1996
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA


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CHESTERFIELD SMITH
1996 SUMMER ASSOCIATES
TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 1996
WASHINGTON, D.C.

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
1996 SUMMER ASSOCIATES
TUESDAY, JUNE 18,. 1996
ATLANTA, GEORGIA


- WASHINGTON





- ATLANTA


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
1996 SUMMER ASSOCIATES LAKELAND
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 1996
LAKELAND, FLORIDA








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CHESTERFIELD SMITH
THE FLORIDA BAR GOVERNMENT
LAWYER SECTION LUNCHEON
HONORING JANET RENO
ABA ANNUAL MEETING
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 1996
4 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
INVESTITURE OF SAMUEL SLOM
AS DADE COUNTY JUDGE
DADE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MIAMI, FLORIDA
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 1996
4 MINUTES


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
HONORING WILLIAM E. WALTERS
HOLLAND & KNIGHT ALL LAWYERS
ANNUAL MEETING IN FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 1996

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
REPORTERS WORKSHOP
TAMPA AIRPORT HILTON
TAMPA, FLORIDA
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1996
20 MINUTES


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
NELL BRYANT KIBLER MEMORIAL SERVICES
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1996
15 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
CELEBRATION OF CHIEF JUDGE JOSEPH W. HATCHETT"S
TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ON THE BENCH
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1996
5 MINUTES


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
LEGAL SERVICES OF GREATER MIAMI, INC. LUNCHEON
HOLLAND & KNIGHT MIAMI
DECEMBER 5, 1996
30 MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
REFLECTION ON LAWYERS AND THEIR DUTY TO THEIR
CLIENTS AND THE PUBLIC
BOCA RATON MARRIOTT
BOCA RATON ROUND TABLE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1997
TWENTY MINUTES






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CHESTERFIELD SMITH
FLORIDA LAW NETWORK ANNUAL MEETING
MARRIOTT'S ORLANDO WORLD CENTER
ORLANDO, FLORIDA
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 1997
TWENTY MINUTES


CHESTERFIELD SMITH
CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION
THE SENATE CHAMBER
THE CAPITOL
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
MONDAY, JUNE 16, 1997
FIFTEEN MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION FALL 1997 AFFILIATE
OUTREACH PROGRAM OPENING ASSEMBLY
HYATT REGENCY WESTSHORE
TAMPA, FLORIDA
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1997
TWENTY MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
"SPECIAL COUNSEL" PROJECT CLE SEMINAR
THE OMNI HOTEL
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 5, 1997
TWENTY FIVE MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
PRESENTATION OF ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE
JURISPRUDENCE AWARD TO DAN PEARSON
THE CROWN PLAZA HOTEL
MIAMI, FLORIDA
DECEMBER 4, 1997
FIVE MINUTES

CHESTERFIELD SMITH
MEMORIAL SERVICES
COLONEL WILLIAM E. WALTERS
EPISCOPAL CHURCH
BARTOW, FLORIDA
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1997
TWELVE MINUTES







SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH



SPEECH NUMBER 359







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CHESTERFIELD SMITH

LAWYER

MIAMI, FLORIDA



SAM GIBBONS TESTIMONIAL



WYNDHAM HARBOUR ISLAND

HOTEL

TAMPA, FLORIDA



FRIDAY, MAY 17, 1996

7:00 P.M.



TEN MINUTES


MIA3-394167







CONGRESSMAN SAM GIBBONS AFTER


ALMOST FIFTY YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE TRULY


CAN BE CALLED A SUPERIOR CITIZEN.


AND NOW


HE MORE THAN EVER WILL BE IN TAMPA --- A-LOT.



SAM GIBBONS ALWAYS APPROACHES LIFE WITH



ENTHUSIASM WITH AN UNPARALLELED ZEST -


AND CONTINUOUS QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE.


HE


IS DEVOTED TO RESTRAINT AND MODERATION -







BUT WHEN THE DUTY TO ACT IS CLEAR HE ACTS


WITH LITTLE REGARD TO PUBLIC CRITICISM OR


EVEN THREATS.


TRULY HE INDEED IS ONE OF


THE ALL-TIME GREATEST OF FLORIDIANS AND I



FOR ONE AM VERY GLAD THAT HENCEFORTH WE



ALL WILL SEE SAM--A-LOT.



CONGRESSMAN SAM GIBBONS IS AN



OPTIMISTIC PERSON TRUSTING IN THE INHERENT







AFTER YEARS OF OFTEN


VEXING AND ALWAYS DEMANDING PUBLIC SERVICE



- HE CONTINUES TO BELIEVE THAT RIGHT -



GOODNESS AND JUSTICE ULTIMATELY WILL


PREVAIL.


HE IS COMPASSIONATE AND


UNDERSTANDING CONSCIENTIOUS AND FAIR-


MINDED.



PREVAILS.


HE IS NOT LOCKED IN REASON ALWAYS



HE EPITOMIZES THE POLITICS OF UNITY


GOOD OF PEOPLE.







- BUT LET IT NEVER BE FORGOTTEN THAT FISCALLY


CONSERVATIVE SAM GIBBONS ALWAYS HAS BEEN



AN OLD-FASHIONED GOOD GOVERNMENT YELLOW-


DOG DEMOCRAT AND HE ALWAYS WILL BE.


AS


A PUBLIC SERVANT HE POSSESSES A FIERCE



COMPETITIVENESS A CHESS-PLAYER'S INSTINCT



FOR STRATEGY A THOROUGH GRASP OF THE



GOVERNMENTAL PROCESS A PHENOMENAL







CAPACITY FOR WORK BOUNDLESS CONFIDENCE -


POLITICAL FEARLESSNESS AND THE FACILE


ABILITY TO TURN A PHRASE.


HIS STYLE WAS AND


IS BONA FIDE DIRECT SPECIFIC AND


UNEQUIVOCAL.


HE HAS BEEN HIS OWN PERSON -


AND HIS PAST INDICATES TO ME THAT HE WILL BE


IN THE FUTURE.


AND REMEMBER THIS ALWAYS -


SOMETIMES CONGRESSMAN SAM GIBBONS HAS







BEEN LONELY BUT HE HAS NEVER SHIRKED


STANDING ALONE.


HE NEVER WILL.


BUT NOW GOODBYE WASHINGTON HE'S


COMING HOME TO TAMPA.


SAM GIBBONS -


OUTSTANDING LAWYER NONPAREIL PUBLIC



SERVANT PERHAPS MORE AND MORE WILL NOW



BE HANGING AROUND IN TAMPA -- FROM NOW ON



OUR LIVES WILL INCLUDE SAM--A-LOT.


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IN ORDER THAT THOSE HERE ASSEMBLED


MIGHT REMEMBER IN A PLEASANT WAY THE



UNIQUENESS OF SAM GIBBONS TO FLORIDA IT



MAY BE FUN TO TURN BACK OUR SUNDIAL TO THE



DAYS OF CAMELOT OR IN OUR OWN CASE -


SAM-A-LOT.


AS WE DAYDREAM A BIT WE


CONJURE UP IN SAM-A-LOT OUR KING AND OUR



QUEEN.







WE SEE KING SAM GIBBONS SOMETIMES


ALSO KNOWN SIMPLY AS "SAM" AND



OCCASIONALLY EVEN BY OTHER NAMES HOLDING


ONTO HIS FAMOUS SWORD "EXCALISAM."


AS


YOU RECALL KING SAM OBTAINED "EXCALISAM"



BY PULLING IT OUT OF A ROCK UNDER WHICH HE



FOUND HIDING MANY SLIMY SLICK LITTLE







CREATURES DESTINED LATER TO BECOME IN HIS


EYES THE MEMBERS OF THE NEWT GINGRICH GANG.



AND ON HIS ARM THE LOVELY QUEEN -



MARTHA-A-VERE LADY OF ELEGANCE AND GRACE.



ROYALTY ATTACHES NOT ONLY TO HER STATUS -



BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY TO HER VERY BEING AS


A GREAT EQUALIZER OF KINGS.


ONE MORNING -


SHE BURST INTO THE KING'S BATHROOM AND







FOUND HIM PRIMPING IN THE MIRROR.


SAID "MARTHA-A-VERE HOW MANY REALLY



GREAT MEN DO YOU THINK THERE ARE IN THE


UNITED STATES CONGRESS?"


MARTHA-A-VERE


REPLIED "ONE LESS THAN YOU THINKETH...


MARTHA-A-VERE IRIDESCENT INTRIGUING



- INTOXICATING AND IMPISH IN ALL FAIRNESS -


DOES HAVE A FEW FAULTS.


SHE IS A VERY POOR


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KING SAM







INTIMATE FRIENDS KNOW


THAT THE ROYAL COUPLE SPENDS A LOT OF TIME


IN THE LIVING ROOM.


KING SAM WATCHING


JESTER-VISION AND MARTHA-A-VERE PICKING



MUSHROOMS...



AND THE QUEEN CAPTIVATING -



CHARMING COMELY AND CORDIAL THAT SHE IS -



RECOGNIZES THAT THE KING AS YOU ALSO KNOW


11


CASTLE CLEANER.







IF YOU ARE NOT BLIND PHYSICALLY IS NOT AN


ATTRACTIVE PERSON.


INDEED HE WAS ALSO


QUITE OBVIOUSLY A HOMELY CHILD.


WHEN


CHILDREN PLAYED "SPIN THE BOTTLE" IN THOSE



DAYS IF YOU DIDN'T WANT TO KISS SOMEBODY -


YOU HAD TO GIVE HIM A SHILLING.


BY THE TIME


KING SAM WAS TWELVE HE OWNED ALL OF THE



NORTHERN SHIRE HE WAS RICH ALL THROUGH


12







SHILLINGS ACCUMULATED SIMPLY BY PLAYING


"SPIN THE BOTTLE."



BUT THE KING HAS SOME VERY


OUTSTANDING QUALITIES.



AND ACCOMMODATING.


HE IS CONSIDERATE



QUEEN MARTHA-A-VERE


- ELEGANT EFFERVESCENT ENCHANTING AND



ETERNAL ONCE BEGGED FOR A CASTLE NEAR THE


13







SO KING SAM FLOODED THEIR ROYAL


BASEMENT.



THERE OF COURSE ARE MULTIPLE GOOD



KNIGHTS OF THE SQUARE TABLE GATHERED



TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE THIS OCCASION.



UNFORTUNATELY ONE OF THE CLOSEST FRIENDS OF



KING SAM A PERSON CALLED LAWYER BUT



SOMETIMES CALLED JUDGE MY COLLEAGUE AND


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WATER.







LAW PARTNER JOHN GERMANY IS IN CALIFORNIA


SO THAT I IN HIS BEHALF AND IN BEHALF OF HIS



WONDERFUL AND WISE COMPANION MARY ELLEN



- GET TO EXTEND TO THE KING AND THE QUEEN



THEIR PERSONAL GREETINGS AND IN THEIR BEHALF



TO ASK THE ASSEMBLED GOOD KNIGHTS OF SAM-



A-LOT AND THEIR LADIES TO PREPARE SOON TO



RAISE THEIR GLASSES TO THE KING AND TO THE


15







SENSATIONAL STUNNING SPARKLING SAUCY -


GRACIOUS GORGEOUS GENIAL AND GLORIOUS



QUEEN.



LET US NOW IN MAKING THIS TOAST WITH



VERY LITTLE MODIFICATION BORROW WITH



APOLOGIES TO KING ARTHUR REX HARRISON AND



PRESIDENT JOHN KENNEDY THE BEAUTIFUL AND



AMAZINGLY APPROPRIATE WORDS FROM CAMELOT


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TO DESCRIBE KING SAM'S DREAM HIS ERA HIS


TRIUMPH AS IT HAS EXISTED FOR MANY YEARS IN



HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WITHIN THE WALLS OF HIS



SAM-A-LOT OBLIVIOUS TO THE BLIZZARDS -



STORMS RAIN HAIL AND HEAT OUTSIDE:


"IT'S TRUE.


IT'S TRUE.


CONGRESSMAN HAS MADE IT CLEAR."


17


THE







"THE CLIMATE MUST BE PERFECT ALL THE


YEAR."



"A LAW WAS MADE A DISTANT MOON AGO



HERE."



"JULY AND AUGUST CANNOT BE TOO HOT.



AND THERE'S A LEGAL LIMIT TO THE SNOW



HERE IN SAM-A-LOT."



"THE WINTER IS FORBIDDEN TILL


18







DECEMBER -


AND EXITS MARCH THE SECOND ON THE



DOT."



"BY ORDER SUMMER LINGERS THROUGH



SEPTEMBER."



"IN SAM-A-LOT."



"THE CONGRESSMAN'S SAM-A-LOT."



"I KNOW IT SOUNDS A BIT BIZARRE -"


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"BUT IN THE CONGRESSMAN'S SAM-A-LOT


THAT'S HOW CONDITIONS ARE."



"THE RAIN MAY NEVER FALL TILL AFTER



SUNDOWN -"



"BY EIGHT THE MORNING FOG MUST



DISAPPEAR."



"IN SHORT THERE'S SIMPLY NOT A MORE



CONGENIAL SPOT


20







FOR HAPP'LY-EVER-AFTERING THAN HERE


IN SAM-A-LOT."



"THE CONGRESSMAN'S SAM-A-LOT."



"I KNOW IT GIVES A PERSON PAUSE



BUT IN THE CONGRESSMAN'S SAM-A-LOT



THOSE ARE THE LEGAL LAWS."



"THE SNOW MAY NEVER SLUSH UPON THE



HILLSIDE."


21







"BY NINE P.M. THE MOONLIGHT MUST


APPEAR."



"IN SHORT THERE'S SIMPLY NOT



A MORE CONGENIAL SPOT



FOR HAPP'LY-EVER-AFTERING THAN HERE



IN SAM-A-LOT."



"SO EACH EVENING FROM DECEMBER TO



DECEMBER


22







BEFORE YOU DRIFT TO SLEEP UPON YOUR


COT



THINK BACK ON ALL THE TALES THAT YOU



REMEMBER



OF SAM-A-LOT."



"ASK EVERY TAMPA PERSON IF HE'S HEARD



THE STORY -


23







AND TELL IT STRONG AND CLEAR IF HE HAS


NOT -



THAT ONCE THERE WAS A FLEETING WISP



OF GLORY -



CALLED SAM-A-LOT."



THE CONGRESSMAN'S. SAM-A-LOT.


"YES SAM-A-LOT MY FRIENDS...


24







"WHERE ONCE IT NEVER RAINED TILL AFTER


SUNDOWN -"



"BY EIGHT A.M. THE MORNING FOG HAD



FLOWN -"



"DON'T LET IT BE FORGOT



THAT ONCE THERE WAS A SPOT



FOR ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT THAT



WAS KNOWN


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AS SAM-A-LOT."


"THE CONGRESSMAN'S SAM-A-LOT."


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THAT'S IT IT'S


MY DAY IS DONE.


I SIMPLY NOW


PROPOSE HERE IN SAM-A-LOT TO MAKE A TOAST



BY THE KNIGHTS AND THEIR LADIES ASSEMBLED


26


OVER.







AROUND THE SQUARE TABLE TO KING SAM AND


QUEEN MARTHA-A-VERE.



TO SAM GIBBONS AND TO MARTHA



GIBBONS TO THEIR EVERLASTING HEALTH AND



HAPPINESS FOR EVERMORE IN SAM-A-LOT AND



BE ASSURED FROM NOW ON THEY REALLY WILL BE



IN THE CONGRESSMAN'S SAM-A-LOT.



GOODNIGHT.


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28







SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH



SPEECH NUMBER 360











REMARKS OF:







OCCASION:



PLACE:





DATE:


CHESTERFIELD SMITH

LAWYER

MIAMI, FLORIDA



PASSING OF THE GAVEL



SUPREME COURT BUILDING

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA



MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1996

4:00 P.M.


7 MINUTES


TIME:







- I HAD THE


PERSONALLY IMMENSE PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING


AT THE INVESTITURE


OF MY FRIEND


FORMER LAW PARTNER JUDGE STEPHEN H.



GRIMES AS HE PREPARED TO TAKE HIS PLACE


ON THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT.


AUSPICIOUS OCCASION


ON THAT


- I REMARKED THAT


WHILE THEN JUDGE STEVE GRIMES HAD SERVED



AS A "NONPAREIL DISTRICT COURT JUDGE FOR


AND


ON JANUARY


30, 1987







- IT WAS PERHAPS


PREMATURE TO CALL HIM A "GREAT" OR EVEN



A 'VERY GOOD" SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.



CERTAINLY THE POTENTIALITY FOR HIM TO BE



SO CALLED WAS ALWAYS TREMENDOUS.


ALMOST


9 1/2 YEARS HAVE PASSED


SINCE


THAT TIME.


THOSE YEARS HAVE WITNESSED


THE ELEVATION OF JUDGE STEVE GRIMES FROM


OF JUNIOR JUSTICE


MANY YEARS"


THEN


THE RANKS


TO MOST







RECENTLY CHIEF JUSTICE.


HAVE ALSO AFFORDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR


MANY TO EXAMINE JUSTICE STEVE


GRIMES'


CONTRIBUTIONS



SYSTEM.


TO THE FLORIDA


ONLY


AFTER


JUSTICE


CONSIDERED


REFLECTION


HAS


BEEN


GIVEN


ACCOMPLISHMENTS


CAN


WE


DECIDE


SINGULARLY


AND COLLECTIVELY


- WHETHER


DESERVES


TO


HIS


THOSE YEARS


JUSTICE


STEVE


GRIMES


THE







SUPREME COURT


JUSTICE.



HE DOES.



PUBLICLY


UNRESERVEDLY I BELIEVE THAT



FROM NOW ON I SHALL MYSELF



AND PRIVATELY CALL HIM "STEVE


THE MAGNIFICENT".


STEVE


GRIMES'


LEGACY


TO FLORIDA


JURISPRUDENCE DEFIES OF COURSE -


FACILE DESCRIPTION.


IT IS SEEMLY AND


ACCURATE TO SAY THAT STEVE GRIMES HAS


THE


APPELLATION


OF "GREAT"







GRACED THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT WITH


THE NOBLE CHARACTERISTICS THAT RESIDE IN



ABUNDANCE IN GREAT JUDGES AN INCISIVE



INTELLECT AN UNPARALLELED WORK ETHIC -



SOUND JUDGMENT LEGAL CRAFTSMANSHIP -


WISDOM


- AND EXPERIENCE.


IT IS


APPROPRIATE


TO SAY ALSO THAT THESE


QUALITIES



INSIGHTFUL


ENABLED


HIM


TO


AND METICULOUSLY


CREATE



PREPARED







LEGAL OPINIONS


EVERLASTING IMPORT TO FLORIDA LAW.


HE


HAS SERVED AS AN APPELLATE JUDGE LONGER


THAN ANY


OTHER ACTIVE


SUPREME


COURT


JUSTICE


- AND HE HAS AUTHORED


APPELLATE OPINIONS THAN ANY OTHER SITTING


SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.


LESS APPARENT


TO THE OUTSIDE OBSERVER HOWEVER -


IS


JUSTICE STEVE GRIMES' IMPACT ON THE INNER


MORE


OF SIGNIFICANT


- AND







SANCTUM OF THE COURT ITSELF.


COLLEAGUES JUSTICE STEVE GRIMES WILL BE



REMEMBERED FOR HIS COLLEGIAL SPIRIT FOR



SEEKING HARMONY AND UNITY OVER DISCORD -



AND FOR RESISTING THE LURE OF DOGMATIC


INFLEXIBILITY


IN


FAVOR


RECEPTIVITY TO OPPOSING STYLES AND POINTS



OF VIEW.


OF


AN


OPEN


TO HIS







BUT JUSTICE STEVE GRIMES IS NOT JUST A


SPLENDID


JURIST.


HIS LIFE BEARS


TESTIMONY TO HIS UNSWERVING



TO THE LAW IN ALL ASPECTS.


COMMITMENT



JUSTICE


STEVE GRIMES HAS ZEALOUSLY AND TIRELESSLY



EXTENDED HIS SUBSTANTIAL ENERGY INSIGHT


AND


ORGANIZATION



IMPROVING


WISDOM


TO


SHARING


THE QUALITY


A NUMBER OF



HIS PASSION FOR



OF THE JUSTICE







SYSTEM IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND FOR


INCULCATING


THE HIGHEST


STANDARDS


PROFESSIONALISM AND ETHICS AMONG FLORIDA



JUDGES AND LAWYERS.


IRONICALLY


- ONE OF JUSTICE


STEVE


GRIMES' MOST SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO



THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT WAS MADE WELL


BEFORE


HE


WAS


APPOINTED


DISTINGUISHED INSTITUTION.


OF


TO


THAT


AS MANY OF







YOU KNOW FLORIDA HAS A RATHER UNIQUE


APPELLATE


COURT


SYSTEM


IN WHICH


DISTRICT COURTS RATHER THAN THE SUPREME



COURT ARE THE FINAL COURTS OF APPEAL ON


THE MAJORITY OF APPELLATE MATTERS.


AS


A DISTRICT JUDGE STEVE GRIMES SERVED ON


THE FLORIDA


SUPREME


COURT


APPELLATE


STRUCTURE COMMISSION.


WHILE ON THAT


COMMISSION


- THEN


JUDGE


STEVE


GRIMES


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THE







SIGNIFICANTLY HELPED TO DEFINE AND CLARIFY


THE JURISDICTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE



DISTRICT COURTS OF APPEAL AND THE FLORIDA



SUPREME COURT.



NEVER ONE TO REST ON THE LAURELS OF



HIS PRIOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS JUSTICE STEVE


GRIMES


CONTINUED


TO


ACHIEVE


OTHER


SIGNIFICANT VICTORIES ON BEHALF OF THE


FLORIDA JUSTICE SYSTEM.


FOR THE PAST







TWO YEARS HE HAS SERVED AS CHAIR OF THE


ARTICLE V TASK FORCE ESTABLISHED BY THE



FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO MAKE PROPOSALS



FOR AMELIORATIVE CHANGES TO THE QUALITY


OF JUSTICE IN



STEWARDSHIP -


FLORIDA.


UNDER


THE TASK FORCE


HIS


MADE


NUMBER OF PROPOSALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS


FOR ENHANCING


THE WORK


OF JUDICIAL


NOMINATING COMMISSIONS AND IMPROVING THE







DISCIPLINE AND


REMOVAL


OF JUDGES -


VIA THE JUDICIAL


NOMINATING COMMISSION.


THE TASK FORCE


HAS SUCCESSFULLY


APPROVAL


TO


OBTAINED ]



PRESENT


LEGISLATIVE



THOSE


RECOMMENDATIONS TO VOTERS DURING THE


NOVEMBER


1996 GENERAL


ELECTION


AS A


PROPOSED


CONSTITUTIONAL


AMENDMENT TO


ARTICLE V OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION.


PROCEDURES


FOR THE







AS CHIEF JUSTICE STEVE GRIMES ALSO


INITIATED AN EFFORT SPEARHEADED BY NEW


CHIEF


JUSTICE GERALD KOGAN AND -


SPLENDID BUT NOW DEPARTED JUDGE EARLE


ZEHMER -


TO UNDERTAKE A COMPREHENSIVE


EVALUATION OF THE ROLE AND EFFICACY OF


THE FORMER


JUDICIAL


COUNCIL.


RECOMMENDATIONS


OF


THE


STEERING


COMMITTEE RESULTED IN A REVITALIZED AND


14


THE


THE







REJUVENATED JUDICIAL MANAGEMENT COUNCIL.


THE SUPREME COURT HAS NOW CHARGED



THE NEW JUDICIAL MANAGEMENT COUNCIL WITH



- AMONG OTHER THINGS FORMULATING A LONG



RANGE STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE JUDICIAL


BRANCH.


THE COUNCIL


WILL PLAY AN


INSTRUMENTAL ROLE IN DECISION MAKING



RELATIVE TO THE ORGANIZATION GOVERNANCE


15







- AND OPERATIONS


JUDICIAL BRANCH.



JUSTICE STEVE GRIMES ALWAYS HAS BEEN -



AND REMAINS EVER VIGILANT IN HIS QUEST



TO EDUCATE THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT THE



IMPORTANCE OF AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY.



HE HAS SUCCESSFULLY ADVOCATED TO THE



FLORIDA LEGISLATURE AND OTHERS THAT THE


S WITHOUT


- RESOURCES


OF THE


SUPREME


COURT


RETAIN







MODIFICATION ITS CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY


TO OVERSEE THE ADMISSION REGULATION -


AND DISCIPLINE OF ATTORNEYS.


IN THIS ERA


OF INCREASING PUBLIC DISAPPROBATION AND


CENSURE


OF THE JUSTICE


SYSTEM


- AND


ATTORNEYS IN PARTICULAR JUSTICE STEVE



GRIMES HAS TAKEN A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO



MAKE INFORMATION MORE READILY AVAILABLE


TO THE GENERAL


PUBLIC


REGARDING


17


THE







COURT SYSTEM -


CONFLICT RESOLUTION HOW LAWYERS ARE



SUPPOSED TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES AND HOW



TO ACCESS THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM.



IN THE ALMOST 50 YEARS THAT I HAVE



PRACTICED LAW I HAVE NOT SURPRISINGLY


KNOWN MANY MANY JUDGES.


A GREAT


NUMBER OF THEM HAVE SERVED THE LEGAL



PROFESSION WITH SUBSTANTIAL DIGNITY WITH


18


THE ROLE OF


JUDGES IN







UNYIELDING COMMITMENT


DISTINCTION.


JUSTICE


STEVE


GRIMES


DESERVEDLY


- AND CLEARLY


- AND WITHOUT


RESERVATION BELONGS AMONG THIS GROUP


OF JUDGES -


THOSE JUDGES WHOM I AS A


LAWYER A TRIAL LAWYER LIKE VERY MUCH.



THE EXCELLENCE WHICH HE CONSISTENTLY


HAS BROUGHT TO


BEAR ON THE


SUPREME


COURT WILL BE SORELY MISSED AS HAS ALL


19


- AND WITH







WHO HAVE BEEN


TRULY GREAT TRULY SPLENDID JUDGES AND


JUSTICES.


HOWEVER,


IT HAS BEEN


DEMONSTRATED IN FLORIDA AND ELSEWHERE -



THEY WILL NOT SOON BE FORGOTTEN BY THE


GENERAL


PUBLIC


- AND PARTICULARLY


LAWYERS AND OTHER JUDGES.


SO JUNE



REMEMBERED


3, 1996,


WILL ALWAYS


AS A SIGNIFICANT


DATE


20


BY


BE



IN


PAST JUDICIAL


OFFICERS







FLORIDA JUDICIAL HISTORY.


ON WHICH WE WELCOME A NEW CHIEF JUSTICE


OF THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT,


KOGAN


WHO


ALSO


LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL.


HAS


GERALD


TREMENDOUS


IT IS ALSO THE DAY


ON WHICH WE BID


FAREWELL -


AS CHIEF


JUSTICE TO MY FRIEND THE VERY GOOD -



THE VERY HONORABLE THE VERY GREAT THE



OUTGOING CHIEF JUSTICE STEPHEN H. GRIMES.


IT IS THE DAY











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SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH



SPEECH NUMBER 361







CHESTERFIELD SMITH


LAWYER

MIAMI, FLORIDA


BEFORE:


PLACE:


DATE:


HOLLAND & KNIGHT

1996 LAW CLERKS -

WASHINGTON


HOLLAND & KNIGHT


WASHINGTON


TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 1996


NOON


REMARKS OF:


TIME:







ONE THING IS CLEAR TO ME -- THE UNIQUE


HALLMARK OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION IS -- AND


ALWAYS


HAS BEEN AND WILL BE


-- ITS


COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE.


NO OTHER


PROFESSION HAS SO EXTENSIVE A COMMITMENT.


LAWYERS EVERYWHERE


-- LEGITIMATELY


PROPERLY -- DO SEEK FROM THE PRACTICE OF


LAW WEALTH AND PERSONAL POWER


-- BUT


THOSE WHO SEEK ONLY THOSE TWO PERSONAL


REWARDS WILL MISS MUCH.


LIKE OTHERS OF


-- NOT SURPRISINGLY


AND


-- AM


MY TIME


-- I







THAT THE EVER-


ACCELERATING ATTENTION OF YOUNG LAWYERS


TO THE MONETARY RETURNS OF LAW PRACTICE


IS HAVING


A DAMPENING


EFFECT


ON THAT


SPIRIT


OF


COMMITMENT


VOLUNTEERISM;


BY


LAWYERS


-- ON


THE


TO PRO-BONO


PROFESSIONAL WORK.





WHEN I WAS A YOUNG BEGINNING LAWYER


THAT I KNEW


CONCERNED


INCREASINGLY


-- MOST


LAWYERS


WELL







FOCUSED ALWAYS


TRADITIONAL OBLIGATIONS OF THE ADVOCATE:


- THE OBLIGATION


OF PUBLIC


SERVICE;


- THE OBLIGATION OF SERVICE TO THE


PROFESSION;


- THE OBLIGATION


OF IMPROVING


SYSTEM OF JUSTICE.


OUR


ROUTINELY


ON THE







TO ME THAT THE


PRINCIPLE OBLIGATION OF MOST LAWYERS IS TO


BE SUCCESSFUL FINANCIALLY.


THOSE CONCERNS


OF MINE ABOUT THAT


PERCEIVED


BURGEONING


BOTTOM


MENTATILTY OF LAWYERS -- IF TRUE --


WILL


NOT BE EASILY RESOLVED AND I NOW PUT


THEM ASIDE FOR LATER CONSIDERATION.


FULLY


RECOGNIZING


THE LEGITIMATE


INTEREST


INDIVIDUAL


LINE


OF


NOW IT OFTEN


SEEMS


LAWYERS


IN


DOING


WELL







FINANCIALLY -- I UNABASHEDLY OFFER TO YOU


ENTERING


THE


LEGAL


PROFESSION


MY THOUGHTS


ABOUT


OTHER


REWARDS -- OTHER BENEFITS -- ASSOCIATED WITH


BEING A LAWYER.


THOSE REWARDS --


THOSE


BENEFITS


-- HAVE


SHAPED


MY LIFE AS A


LAWYER


-- AND I WOULD DO IT ALL


AGAIN


ABOUT THE


SAME WAY.


FIRST -- I THINK -- TO BE A GOOD LAWYER


-- A PERSON SHOULD ENJOY UTILIZING CREATIVE


WHO


JUST


ARE







ABILITIES AND IMAGINATION IN THE SOLUTION OF


DIFFICULT


PROBLEMS.


AND CHALLENGE


AS I SEE IT


INTELLECTUAL


-- THE GREATEST


PROFESSIONAL PLEASURE THAT CAN COME TO A


LAWYER


IS TO SEE HARD


THINKING


TRANSLATED INTO FAVORABLE RESULTS FOR THE


CLIENT.


SECOND --


I BELIEVE THAT


A LAWYER


SHOULD


-- MUST


-- PICTURE


HIMSELF


A RESPECTED


GOOD


OR


HERSELF


ALWAYS


AS


AND







INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL -- A PERSON OF


INTEGRITY WHO HAS ESTABLISHED PROFESSIONAL


STANDARDS FOR DECIDING WHAT SHE OR HE


WILL DO -- AND WILL NOT DO -- AS A LAWYER.


A GOOD


LAWYER


NEVER


COMPROMISES


PROFESSIONAL QUALITY


-- STRIVING TO DO THE


BEST WORK POSSIBLE FOR ITS OWN SAKE -- AND


PERSONAL


LAWYER


SATISFACTION.


ALWAYS


MUST


INDEED


BE READY


-- EACH


TO BE


JUDGED BY THE LEGAL PROFESSION -- BY THE


PUBLIC -- AND BY HER OR HIS PEERS -- FOR







THOSE PROFESSIONAL


WORK QUALITY.


THIRD


-- I CONTEND


THAT A LAWYER


CONTINUOUSLY SHOULD BE


IN THE FOREFRONT


OF THOSE


SEEKING


NEEDED


CHANGES


REFORMS IN LAWS -- IN LEGAL PROCESSES -- IN


THE LEGAL PROFESSION -- AND IN THE SOCIETY.


AN EXPERIENCED LAWYER WELL KNOWS THAT


ALMOST EVERY MAJOR SOCIETAL OR PUBLIC


ISSUE INVOLVES LAW -- AND HE OR SHE ALSO


OR


-- AND FOR


DECISIONS







THAT A LAWYER


THROUGH LIFE WITH BLINDERS FOCUSSING ON


NARROW ISSUES.


A COMMITTED PROFESSIONAL


SHOULD


WORK


AT THE TOTAL


AFFAIRS


LIVING -- ARTS -- SPORTS -- POLITICS -- CURRENT


EVENTS -- COMMUNITY AND CIVIC AFFAIRS --


CHURCH -- BOOKS -- FIGHTING ALWAYS AGAINST


THE DISEASE OF COMPARTMENTALIZATION.





FOURTH -- I KNOW THAT MANY LAWYERS --


THROUGHOUT


OF


CANNOT GO


RECOGNIZES


FLORIDA


-- HAVE


ALREADY







SIGNIFICANT ROLES


CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES.


LEGAL PROFESSION


BUT I REITERATE -- THE


-- AS IT BECOMES


EVER


MORE ORIENTED TO THE BOTTOM LINE -- TRULY


IS UNDERGOING FUNDAMENTAL MODIFICATION.


AS LAW PRACTICES GET LARGER AND LARGER --


AS THE COMPETITION FOR LEGAL BUSINESS GETS


FIERCER


-- AND AS PRESSURES INCREASE TO


ALTERNATIVES


TO


LITIGATION


RESOLVING


DISPUTES


-- I BELIEVE


LAWYERS MUST CONTINUE TO TAKE THE LEAD


FIND


FOR


THAT


PLAYED


IN HUMAN AND







PRO BONO PUBLIC IN THE AREAS OF CIVIL AND


HUMAN RIGHTS -- AND THAT


A NUMBER OF


LAWYERS


SIMPLY


ARE NOT DOING


LAWYERS IN THE PAST HAVE RIGHTLY EARNED


A REPUTATION AS A WHOLE FOR SUCH WORK --


TRADITIONALLY


DIFFICULTIES A


REPRESENTING


LND FEARS TIL


PEOPLE


WITH


AT OVERWHELM


THEM


THOSE


-- REPRESENT]


ENMESHED


FREELY


AND OFTEN


IN FRIGHTENING


LEGAL


AREAS WHO ARE EITHER UNREPRESENTED OR


WE MUST CONTINUE THAT


THAT.


UNDERREPRESENTED.







A GOOD LAWYER QUICKLY LEARNS


THAT VERY SPECIAL SATISFACTION THAT CAN


WHEN


SHE OR HE DISCHARGES


UNIQUE RESPONSIBILITY


THE


OF PROVIDING LEGAL


HELP TO PEOPLE MOST IN NEED OR


COMPETENT


LEGAL


SERVICES


AT THE TIME OF THEIR


GREATEST VULNERABILITY.


FIFTH -- WHILE PERHAPS


AS AN OBSERVATION


BOTH TRITE AND


------ A GOOD


ALL MUST


COME


SMUG


TRADITION.


LAWYER


ABOVE


KNOW


-- MUST







THAT IF SHE OR HE --


THEIR PEERS -- WHO HAVE CAST THEIR TOTAL


PROFESSIONAL LOT WITH ADVERSARY SYSTEM OF


JUSTICE


-- DO NOT INDIVIDUALLY DISCHARGE


THAT UNIQUE


OBLIGATION


TO MAKE


PROCESSES OF JUSTICE WORK -- NO ONE ELSE --


ANYWHERE


RESPONSIBILITY.


WILL


ACCEPT


THAT


THE COURTS SHOULD DISPENSE


JUSTICE -- BUT EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANTLY --


LAWYERS BEST KNOW THAT THE COURTS MUST


BE PERCEIVED BY CITIZENS EVERYWHERE -- BY


THE


APPRECIATE --


AND







LITIGANTS EVERYWHERE -- TO DISPENSE JUSTICE.


IT IS -- AND LONG HAS BEEN -- AN OBLIGATION


OF A LAWYER TO MAKE THAT PERCEPTION A


REALITY BY FIGHTING


ALWAYS TO


ENHANCE


JUDICIAL


AND


LAWYER


EFFICIENCY


COMPETENCY.


LAWYERS MUST CONTINUE THAT


UNCEASING FIGHT.


SIXTH -- ADMITTEDLY


-- WE


AS LAWYERS


ARE


-- AND FOR SOMETIME


HAVE


BEEN


CONCERNED THAT ALL -- OR SOME -- OF THE


AND







BEST -- THE BRIGHTEST -- THE MOST IDEALISTIC


OF THOSE WHO TYPICALLY IN THE PAST HAVE


ENTERED


THE


LEGAL


PROFESSION


MIGHT


HENCEFORTH CHOOSE OTHER WAYS TO MAKE A


LIVING.


CERTAINLY I KNOW SOME WONDERFUL


YOUNG PEOPLE WHO NOW WEAR BUGLES OTHER


THAN LEGAL PROFESSIONALISM.


PERHAPS IT IS


TIME THAT LEGAL CODES OF ETHICS AND RULES


OF LAWYER CONDUCT MOVE SOMEWHAT CLOSER


REALITY


BY


FREELY


AND


FRANKLY


REQUIRING AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT THOSE


TO







LAWYERS ARE


OBLIGATORY.


WHILE


THE BEST LAWYERS


ALWAYS HAVE RECOGNIZED THAT EARNING A


LIVING


OF


NECESSITY


PREOCCUPATION


-- PERHAPS


IT NOW WOULD


ATTRACT IDEALISTIC YOUNG


PEOPLE AGAINST


THE LEGAL PROFESSION IF THE ORGANIZED BAR


AFFIRMATIVELY ENSURES THAT EACH LAWYER


TIME FOR OTHER


SOURCES


OF SELF-


FULFILLMENT WHILE STILL EARNING THAT VERY


WE MUST CONTINUE -- AS WE


HAS


TO


BE


FINDS


TRADITIONAL


DUTIES OF


GOOD LIVING.







-- TO AFFIRM THAT A


PERSON


WILL BE RECOGNIZED


AS A GOOD


LAWYER


ONLY IF


THAT PERSON IS


RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN.


SEVENTH -- REGRETTABLY


-- THE QUESTION


MOST


ANSWERED


TODAY IS:


FOR CLIENTS


IS IT LEGAL?


-- NOT:


BY LAWYERS


IS IT RIGHT?


AS CURRENT EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD


SHOW -- A LEGALISTIC SOCIETY WHICH IGNORES


ALL VALUES OTHER THAN LAW IS A SOCIETY


ALSO


TRADITIONALLY HAVE







WHICH ULTIMATELY WILL WITHER AWAY AND


DISAPPEAR.


NO STATE CAN LONG SURVIVE IF


ITS PEOPLE


ASSUME


THAT CONDUCT


FORBIDDEN BY LAW IS ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT --


AND A LAWYER


MUST


NEVER


MAKE


ASSUMPTION.


LAW NECESSARILY SHOULD SET


MINIMUM STANDARDS -- BUT NOT THE LOFTIER


GOALS.


LAW CAN BE ONLY THE BOTTOM --


BUT IT MUST NOT BE THE CEILING.


NOT


THAT







THUS LAWYERS IN ADVISING THEIR CLIENTS


MUST CONTINUE


ALWAYS TO CONSIDER


ESSENTIAL ROLE BOTH OF THE LAW


MORALS AND ETHICS.


THE


AND OF


GENERALLY -- LAWYERS


HAVE DONE SO -- AND IN MY OPINION IT IS


ESSENTIAL THAT THEY NEVER CEASE TO DO SO.


LAWYERS


MUST


CONTINUE


TO ASPIRE


HIGHER STANDARDS THAN THE MINIMUM FROM


THOSE CLIENTS THEY COUNSEL.


THE DOMINANT


QUESTION FOR LAWYERS IN COUNSELING THEIR


CLIENTS SHOULD ALWAYS BE:


FOR


IT IS RIGHT?







BEING LEGALLY PERMISSIBLE IS NOT SUFFICIENT


IF THE CONTEMPLATED


RIGHT THING TO DO. IF


ACTION IS NOT THE


LAWYERS DO COUNSEL


THEIR


CLIENTS


TO DO RIGHT


-- AS THEY


TRADITIONALLY HAVE -- LAWYERS AND THEIR


CLIENTS WILL CONTINUE TO DO WELL -- BOTH


FINANCIALLY AND IN ALL OTHER ASPECTS OF


OUR SOCIETY.





TO BE A LAWYER IS A VERY FINE THING --


ALL OF WHICH PLEASES ME GREATLY


AFTER







FORTY-SEVEN YEARS OF MAKING A VERY GOOD


LIVING -- DOING SOMETHING I ALWAYS HAVE


ENJOYED.


I HOPE THAT ALL OF YOU -- OR


MOST OF YOU -- WILL FORTY-SEVEN PLUS


FROM


YEARS


NOW FEEL THE SAME WAY.


(THE END)


MIA3-398754







SPEECHES OF CHESTERFIELD SMITH



SPEECH NUMBER 362








CHESTERFIELD SMITH


LAWYER

MIAMI, FLORIDA


BEFORE:


HOLLAND


& KNIGHT


1996 SUMMER ASSOCIATES

ATLANTA


PLACE:


HOLLAND


& KNIGHT


ATLANTA


TUESDAY,


JUNE 18, 1996


TIME:


DATE:


REMARKS


OF:


NOON




363


ONE THING IS CLEAR TO ME -- THE UNIQUE


HALLMARK OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION IS -- AND


ALWAYS


HAS BEEN AND WILL BE


-- ITS


COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE.


NO OTHER


PROFESSION HAS SO EXTENSIVE A COMMITMENT.


LAWYERS


EVERYWHERE


-- LEGITIMATELY


PROPERLY -- DO SEEK FROM THE PRACTICE OF


LAW WEALTH AND


PERSONAL POWER


-- BUT


THOSE WHO SEEK ONLY THOSE TWO PERSONAL


REWARDS WILL MISS MUCH.


LIKE OTHERS OF


MY TIME


-- I


-- NOT SURPRISINGLY


-- AM


AND







THAT THE EVER-


ACCELERATING ATTENTION OF YOUNG LAWYERS


TO THE MONETARY RETURNS OF LAW PRACTICE


IS HAVING


A DAMPENING


EFFECT


ON THAT


SPIRIT


OF


COMMITMENT


VOLUNTEERISM;


BY LAWYERS


- ON


TO


THE


PRO-BONO


PROFESSIONAL





WHEN I W


WORK.


'AS A YOUNG BEGINNING LAWYER


THAT I KNEW


INCREASINGLY


CONCERNED


-- MOST


LAWYERS


WELL







FOCUSED ALWAYS


TRADITIONAL OBLIGATIONS OF THE ADVOCATE:





THE OBLIGATION OF PUBLIC SERVICE;





THE OBLIGATION OF SERVICE TO THE


PROFESSION;


- THE OBLIGATION


OF IMPROVING


SYSTEM OF JUSTICE.


OUR


ROUTINELY


ON THE







TO ME THAT THE


PRINCIPLE OBLIGATION OF MOST LAWYERS IS TO


BE SUCCESSFUL FINANCIALLY.


THOSE


PERCEIVED


CONCERNS


BURGEONING


OF MINE ABOUT


BOTTOM


MENTATILTY OF LAWYERS -- IF TRUE --


NOT BE EASILY RESOLVED AND


I NOW PUT


THEM ASIDE FOR LATER CONSIDERATION.


FULLY


RECOGNIZING


THE LEGITIMATE


INTEREST


INDIVIDUAL


THAT


LINE


WILL


OF


NOW IT OFTEN


SEEMS


LAWYERS


IN


DOING


WELL







FINANCIALLY -- I UNABASHEDLY OFFER TO YOU


ENTERING


THE


LEGAL


PROFESSION


MY THOUGHTS


ABOUT


OTHER


REWARDS -- OTHER BENEFITS -- ASSOCIATED WITH


BEING A LAWYER.


THOSE REWARDS --


THOSE


BENEFITS


-- HAVE


SHAPED


MY LIFE AS A


LAWYER --


ABOUT THE





FIRST --


AND I WOULD DO IT ALL AGAIN


SAME WAY.





I THINK -- TO BE A GOOD LAWYER


-- A PERSON SHOULD ENJOY UTILIZING CREATIVE


WHO


JUST


ARE







ABILITIES AND IMAGINATION IN THE SOLUTION OF


DIFFICULT


PROBLEMS.


AND CHALLENGE


AS I SEE IT


INTELLECTUAL


-- THE GREATEST


PROFESSIONAL PLEASURE THAT CAN COME TO A


LAWYER


IS TO SEE HARD


THINKING


TRANSLATED INTO FAVORABLE


RESULTS FOR THE


CLIENT.


SECOND --


I BELIEVE


THAT A LAWYER


SHOULD


-- MUST


-- PICTURE


HIMSELF


A RESPECTED


GOOD


OR


HERSELF


ALWAYS


AS


AND







INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL


INTEGRITY WHO HAS ESTABLISHED PROFESSIONAL


STANDARDS FOR DECIDING WHAT SHE OR HE


WILL DO -- AND WILL NOT DO -- AS A LAWYER.


A GOOD


LAWYER


NEVER


COMPROMISES


PROFESSIONAL


QUALITY -- STRIVING TO DO THE


BEST WORK POSSIBLE FOR ITS OWN SAKE -- AND


PERSONAL


LAWYER


SATISFACTION.


ALWAYS


MUST


INDEED


BE READY


-- EACH


TO BE


JUDGED BY THE LEGAL PROFESSION -- BY THE


PUBLIC -- AND BY HER OR HIS PEERS -- FOR


-- A PERSON OF







THOSE PROFESSIONAL


WORK QUALITY.


THIRD


-- I CONTEND


THAT A LAWYER


CONTINUOUSLY SHOULD BE


IN THE FOREFRONT


OF THOSE


SEEKING


NEEDED


CHANGES


REFORMS IN LAWS -- IN LEGAL PROCESSES -- IN


THE LEGAL PROFESSION -- AND IN THE SOCIETY.


AN- EXPERIENCED LAWYER WELL KNOWS THAT


ALMOST EVERY MAJOR SOCIETAL OR PUBLIC


ISSUE INVOLVES LAW -- AND HE OR SHE ALSO


OR


DECISIONS


-- AND FOR







THAT A LAWYER


THROUGH LIFE WITH BLINDERS FOCUSING ON


NARROW ISSUES.


A COMMITTED PROFESSIONAL


SHOULD


WORK


AT THE TOTAL


AFFAIRS


LIVING -- ARTS -- SPORTS -- POLITICS -- CURRENT


EVENTS -- COMMUNITY


AND CIVIC AFFAIRS --


CHURCH -- BOOKS -- FIGHTING ALWAYS AGAINST


THE DISEASE OF COMPARTMENTALIZATION.





FOURTH -- I KNOW THAT MANY LAWYERS --


THROUGHOUT


OF


RECOGNIZES


CANNOT


GO


FLORIDA


-- HAVE


ALREADY







SIGNIFICANT ROLES


CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES.


LEGAL PROFESSION


BUT I REITERATE -- THE


-- AS IT BECOMES


EVER


MORE ORIENTED TO THE BOTTOM LINE -- TRULY


IS UNDERGOING FUNDAMENTAL MODIFICATION.


AS LAW PRACTICES GET LARGER AND LARGER --


AS THE COMPETITION FOR LEGAL BUSINESS GETS


FIERCER


-- AND AS PRESSURES INCREASE TO


ALTERNATIVES


TO


LITIGATION


RESOLVING


DISPUTES


-- I BELIEVE


LAWYERS MUST CONTINUE TO TAKE THE LEAD


FIND


FOR


THAT


PLAYED


IN HUMAN AND







PRO BONO PUBLIC IN THE AREAS OF CIVIL AND


HUMAN RIGHTS -- AND THAT A NUMBER OF


LAWYERS


SIMPLY


ARE NOT DOING


LAWYERS IN THE PAST HAVE RIGHTLY EARNED


A REPUTATION A AA WHOLE FOR SUCH WORK --


TRADITIONALLY


DIFFICULTIES A


THEM


REPRESENTING


IND FEARS


-- REPRESENTING FR


PEOPLE


WITH


THAT OVERWHELM


LEELY AND OFTEN


THOSE


ENMESHED


IN FRIGHTENING


LEGAL


AREAS WHO ARE EITHER UNREPRESENTED OR


WE MUST CONTINUE THAT


THAT.


UNDERREPRESENTED.







A GOOD LAWYER QUICKLY LEARNS


THAT VERY SPECIAL SATISFACTION THAT CAN


WHEN


SHE OR HE DISCHARGES


UNIQUE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROVIDING


HELP TO PEOPLE MOST IN NEED OR


LEGAL


COMPETENT


LEGAL


SERVICES


AT THE TIME OF THEIR


GREATEST VULNERABILITY.


FIFTH -- WHILE PERHAPS


AS AN OBSERVATION


------ A GOOD


LAWYER ABOVE


COME


THE


SMUG


BOTH


TRITE


AND


TRADITION.


ALL MUST


KNOW


-- MUST







THAT IF SHE OR HE --


THEIR PEERS -- WHO HAVE CAST THEIR TOTAL


PROFESSIONAL LOT WITH ADVERSARY SYSTEM OF


JUSTICE -- DO NOT INDIVIDUALLY DISCHARGE


THAT UNIQUE


OBLIGATION


TO MAKE


PROCESSES OF JUSTICE WORK -- NO ONE ELSE --


ANYWHERE


RESPONSIBILITY.


WILL


ACCEPT


THAT


THE COURTS SHOULD DISPENSE


JUSTICE -- BUT EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANTLY --


LAWYERS BEST KNOW THAT THE COURTS MUST


BE PERCEIVED BY CITIZENS EVERYWHERE -- BY


THE


APPRECIATE --


AND







LITIGANTS EVERYWHERE -- TO DISPENSE JUSTICE.


IT IS -- AND LONG HAS BEEN -- AN OBLIGATION


OF A LAWYER TO MAKE THAT PERCEPTION A


REALITY BY FIGHTING ALWAYS TO


ENHANCE


JUDICIAL


AND


LAWYER


EFFICIENCY


COMPETENCY.


LAWYERS MUST CONTINUE


UNCEASING FIGHT.


SIXTH -- ADMITTEDLY


-- WE


AS LAWYERS


ARE


-- AND FOR SOMETIME


HAVE


BEEN


CONCERNED THAT ALL -- OR SOME -- OF THE


AND


THAT







BEST -- THE BRIGHTEST -- THE MOST IDEALISTIC


OF THOSE WHO TYPICALLY IN THE PAST HAVE


ENTERED


THE


LEGAL


PROFESSION


MIGHT


HENCEFORTH CHOOSE OTHER WAYS TO MAKE A


LIVING.


CERTAINLY I KNOW SOME WONDERFUL


YOUNG PEOPLE WHO NOW WEAR BUGLES OTHER


THAN LEGAL PROFESSIONALISM.


PERHAPS IT IS


TIME THAT LEGAL CODES OF ETHICS AND RULES


OF LAWYER CONDUCT MOVE SOMEWHAT CLOSER


REALITY


BY


FREELY


AND


FRANKLY


REQUIRING AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT THOSE


TO







LAWYERS ARE


OBLIGATORY.


WHILE


THE BEST LAWYERS


ALWAYS HAVE RECOGNIZED THAT EARNING A


LIVING


OF


NECESSITY


PREOCCUPATION


-- PERHAPS


IT NOW


WOULD


ATTRACT IDEALISTIC YOUNG PEOPLE AGAINST


THE LEGAL PROFESSION IF THE ORGANIZED BAR


AFFIRMATIVELY ENSURES THAT EACH LAWYER


TIME FOR OTHER


SOURCES


OF SELF-


FULFILLMENT WHILE STILL EARNING THAT VERY


WE MUST CONTINUE -- AS WE


HAS


TO


BE


FINDS


TRADITIONAL


DUTIES OF


GOOD LIVING.







TRADITIONALLY HAVE --


PERSON


WILL BE RECOGNIZED


AS A GOOD


LAWYER


ONLY IF THAT PERSON IS ALSO


RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN.


SEVENTH -- REGRETTABLY -- THE


QUESTION


ANSWERED


FOR CLIENTS BY


LAWYERS


TODAY IS:


IS IT LEGAL?


-- NOT:


IS IT RIGHT?


AS CURRENT EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD


SHOW -- A LEGALISTIC SOCIETY WHICH IGNORES


ALL VALUES OTHER THAN LAW IS A SOCIETY


MOST


TO AFFIRM THAT A







WHICH ULTIMATELY WILL WITHER AWAY AND


DISAPPEAR.


NO STATE CAN LONG SURVIVE IF


ITS PEOPLE


ASSUME


THAT CONDUCT


FORBIDDEN BY LAW IS ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT --


AND A LAWYER


ASSUMPTION.


MUST


NEVER


MAKE


THAT


LAW NECESSARILY SHOULD SET


MINIMUM STANDARDS -- BUT NOT THE LOFTIER


GOALS.


LAW CAN BE ONLY THE BOTTOM --


BUT IT MUST NOT BE THE CEILING.


NOT